five "take-away" one equals four,
five minus one equals four,
"5 - 1 = 4."
5 members of a family minus 1 member of the family = a family of 4.
5 take away 1 = "Forever Suffering…"
the one "take-away" overwhelms the four remainder,
the one is "greater than" the four
"1 > 4"
On the surface, we can call them "Mother's Day," "Father's Day," or "Birthdays," but our hearts know they are really "Take-Away" days.
The one "take-away" is going to outnumber the four remaining here on this earth no matter the day, no matter the holiday, no matter how much we may try to "move on."
Playing on the titles of these child-story-books on math, it's as if our hearts continually plummet under death's "Action of Subtraction," and are daily longing for God's Ultimate Day when He performs His eternal "Mission of Addition," when our family will be restored to all of its members, and once again, the sum of its parts will be greater than the whole.
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